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Paul Saffo Predicts the Future Decline of the World's Most Powerful Nation

 - Feb 24, 2012
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Futurist Paul Saffo predicts that "there is less than a 50% chance that the United States will exist by the middle of this century." Looking at the next 50 years, the speaker examines the present political state of the American nation.

Looking at the country's global, economic and political ranking, Saffo determines that the future holds an eventual shift in power from the nation state to the city state. Accounting for America's economic power, the speaker highlights the growing development and power of booming cities that include Silicone Valley, Los Angeles as well as Singapore.

Believing in the political potential of individual city states, Paul Saffo illustrates how these centers are large enough to encourage a cultural movement and small enough to reveal the consequences of specific individual actions.